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ASU Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The purpose of Alabama State University's Institutional Review Board is to ensure compliance, safety, and ethical treatment of human subjects conducted in the University's research, training programs, and public services.

Institutional Review Officers

Name Degree Expertise

Brenda Gill, Chair


Social Science Research/Mixed Methods Research

Gulnaz Javan, Vice-Chair


Forensic Genetics, Biology, DNA, Immunology

Tafeni L. English, Secretary


Counseling Psychology, Prevention, Mental Health

Institutional Review Board Members

Gulnaz Javan Ph.D. Forensic Genetics, Biology, DNA
Naomi Caldwell Ph.D. Education, Multicultural Studies
Sonya Ware Ph.D. Self-Care,Relational-Aggression
D. Lisa Cothran Ph.D. Personality, Emotion, Prejudice,Attitudes
Bob McNeal D.I.B.A. Internatioal Business, Financial Analysis
Michael Zelenak Ph.D. Music Education
Aaron D. Harton Ph.D. Social, Cultural History, Modern Europe
Marketa D. Myricks    M.S. Non-scientific Member
Catina James M.P.H. Non-ASU Affiliate

Institutional Review Board Alternates

T.J. Exford Ph.D. Exercise Science
L. Simone Byrd Ph.D. Communication, Public Relations
Bridgette  Stasher-Brooker Ph.D. Health Information, Management
Edward Brown Ed.D. Business Management and Leadership
Lois D. Jackson M.A. Management, Human Resources
Averil M. Loague Ph.D. Instructional Leadership, Research
Thomas L. Ngo-Ye Ph.D. Management Information Systems
Sang Heon Shin Ph.D. Finance, Research
Ruohan Wu Ph.D. Finance and Accounting
Fagdéba A. Bakoyéma MLS/MIS   Library and Information Sciences
Qiana Matthews Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Microbiology
Albert Calhoun M.S. Psychology/Educational Research
Kavon Franklin Ph.D. English
Alecia D. Hoffman Ph.D. Political Science
Sheree Finley M.S. Biochemistry, Microbiology


Advisory Board Members

Audrey Napier           Ph.D. Molecular Genetics
Tyson Platt Ph.D. Research Methods, Learning and Behaviour



Contact Us

Institutional Review Board 



IRB Application

All applicants must submit their protocols in one PDF file directly to the IRB. Files should be submitted via email to

Checklist for Human Subjects Research

1. Appendix A-C

2. Copy of CITI program coursework requirement report

3. Copy of research instrument


If the correspondence is sent to any board members, including the chair's  personal email address it will not be reviewed!!!
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